Enyo and Chayen Find a Home

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Enyo and Chayen Find a Home

Wed 16th Aug 2017

William Skelton is just one of the incredible adopters of two dogs from our WVS Care for Dogs Shelter in Thailand. He welcomed shy Enyo (Greek sister of war) and later another canine friend Chayen (Iced Tea in Thai) into his home last year and we’ve been finding out how they’re getting on! 

Enyo was adopted first from the shy dog enclosure and I’ve had her for just over a year. I didn’t so much choose Enyo, she approached me. The staff and volunteers all said that this it was really strange that she came up to me. The shelter manager once said she was maybe the most difficult dog to adopt at the site. I don’t know why, but she walked right up to me that first day I came into the enclosure. I couldn’t stop thinking about her for weeks after that.

I don’t know much about her back story but she must have experienced serious trauma as a puppy. She has grown much warmer and trusting over the past year. Enyo is still extremely flighty and almost impossible to put on a leash for the most part but that being said, she is very connected to myself and my girlfriend. She is one of the most aware and gentle dogs I’ve ever seen.

Chayen was adopted a few months later. Enyo was really struggling to trust us before Chayen came into our lives. She was slowly improving, but even walking up to eat a treat out of my hand was usually too much for her. We tried adopting Enyo’s sister first (Ming, one of the shelter dogs now up for sponsorship on the WVS website) and although it seemed to go alright at the start, they got in one bad fight so we returned Ming after a weekend trial. Next, we tried Chayen. We’d met her a few times visiting, but never paid special attention to her. The shelter staff noticed how she interacted with other dogs at the shelter and thought she would be a good match.

Enyo didn’t need too much time to adjust to Chayen. Other than feeding them separately for a few months there was no adjustment needed. Chayen gave Enyo much more confidence. Enyo immediately came for treats and now loves getting pets and sometimes even full body rub downs. Lately Enyo has even been jealous of Chayen’s walks to the point of getting on the leash herself several times. We’ve seen such drastic improvement!

However, don’t be misled by their names. We often call Chayen, Cha-Rorn (Hot Tea), because she is a very loving attached-to-people sort of dog but she’s also got a wild streak. I guess it’s the herd breed in her. She is very physical and playful, which is the total opposite of Enyo who also doesn’t match her name. This helps a great deal with Enyo’s slow growth and healing.

The only thing I know about Chayen’s history is that she was hit by a car before the shelter found her. She’s got a very cute limp on her back hip that worries me sometime but she has no problems getting around right now. 

The adoption process was excellent. I never felt any urgency or pressure. Everyone there was supportive of us adopting, but never pushed to speed things up. They actually did a good job of trying to help us slow down and think rather than just scoop up an armful of dogs and run out the door.

The only advice I might give potential adopters is to spend a lot of time at the enclosure with the dogs. Getting to know the animals over the course of a month or two will help find the right pup. We’re so glad we chose to adopt, and Enyo and Chayen have completed our home!

We wish William, Enyo and Chayen the best of luck for the future!